If you’re driving down Kellogg in Andover, you may notice a new building in construction. It’s the new Culinary Arts Building for Butler Community College. Everything will soon take shape for what will be The Redler Institute of Culinary Arts. Many of the future chefs you may see in Wichita could be graduates of the school once everything is ready to go this fall.
Built on 1.5 acres of land near the southeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road, the culinary arts building will be designed with commercial kitchens, science labs, classrooms, and learning spaces for the Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and Food Science programs at Butler.
The programs will be led by Executive Chef and Culinary Arts Chair Chef Luis Pena. I had a chance to meet with Pena and he noted that alongside their traditional culinary arts degrees and certificates, they’ll also offer recreational classes to the public. Not everybody may want to complete a full program, so this school will benefit both the recreational cooks along with those aspiring to start a career in one.
Whether you’re looking to be a pastry chef, sous chef, get your culinary arts degree, or learn the simple basics in the kitchen, Pena’s goal is to serve everyone.
The Redler Institute of Culinary Arts will also host special events (public and private) in our event space which will benefit the local community.
I’ve always said, once I retire, I’ll probably attend culinary school to give me something to do or perhaps I’ll take a class here and there this fall to get an early start on it.
To learn more about the program at Butler Community College, head here.
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